Madibaz batsman Jean du Plessis continued his development as a promising young cricketer when he gained valuable experience on South Africa’s recent U19 tour of England.
Earlier this year the 19-year-old accounting student was in the national squad for the U19 World Cup in New Zealand and the English trip provided another highlight when they won the three-match one-day series 2-0.
The third game was washed out without a ball being bowled.
“Being a part of the turnaround after the 2-0 test series loss was special,” said the top-order batsman, who has played for the South Western Districts senior team.
“We took a positive attitude into the 50-over games as we were determined to finish the tour on a high.”
The righthander, who went to Plettenberg Bay Primary before matriculating at Glenwood House in George, has been a regular player at representative level since making the SWD U11 team.
He said one of the highlights of his fledgling career was the first televised game he played in the Africa Cup Twenty20 competition.
“I got to play alongside and against franchise and national team players like Dane Vilas and Lungi Ngidi, so that is something that sticks in my mind.”
Du Plessis felt he had learnt a lot on the tour of England, with “all the
cricketing minds around you”.
“But having said that, I think it is important to know how to sift through the information you pick up and take what works for you.
“At the end of the day you have to be confident in your game in order to produce results on the field.
He added that he studied many modern-day international players who had a similar role to the one he occupied in a team.
“Guys like AB de Villiers and [England wicketkeeper-batsman] Jos Butler have the ability to adapt to different situations as well as adjusting their game-plans to suit all three formats.”
Du Plessis said his immediate plans were to complete his studies and to perform at a high level for the SWD provincial side.
“In the long term my dream has always been to play for the Proteas, but I will just have to take it step by step and put in the performances to work my way through the ranks.”